238004 School-based programs: One community organization's effort to partner with schools and increase students' participation in healthy behaviors

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 11:00 AM

Laurie Sween, MEd , Education and Outreach Department, The Hope Heart Institute, Bellevue, WA
Jill Weber, Program Evaluation Certificate , School-based Program Evaluation, Center for Research and Learning, Snohomish, WA
Laurie J. Collins, PhD , School-based Program Evaluation, Center for Research and Learning, Snohomish, WA
a. The project was designed to evaluate whether a school-based program can increase students' and their families' participation in healthy behaviors. The outcomes measured: 1) increases in children's awareness, interest, and knowledge of anatomy, fitness, nutrition, stress and goal-setting. 2) increases in the likelihood of children making heart healthy choices by creating SMART goals, and 3) increase in parent-child conversations about healthy behaviors after the program was completed. The program was conducted at 3 schools in King County: 2 private schools (Our Lady of the Lake and Open Window School) and 1 public school (Rock Creek Elementary). 290 pre tests were collected; a sample size of 165 was analyzed, 277 post tests were collected; a sample size of 161 was analyzed. This sampling strategy produced a 95% confidence level on the analysis (+/- 5 confidence interval). Students also completed health logs where they set short-term goals. Successful goals met specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound criteria. A random sample of ten parents was also interviewed to establish their perceptions of the outcomes, benefits and impact of the program on their children and families. Awareness increased slightly on the post survey when compared to the pre survey. Areas of improvement included eating nutritious foods and talking with family about healthy choices. On over half of the knowledge questions, there was a significant increase in the percentage of correct answers. Students learned new concepts by completing the program and were able to apply this knowledge through goal-setting to school and home life.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
List three elements of school-based programs that cultivate at-home conversations between parents and children about healthy lifestyles. Identify necessary scaffolding for elementary students to be successful with goal-setting. Discuss pre and post survey design geared toward elementary students.

Keywords: School-Based Programs, War

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: The Hope Heart Institute’s Kids Take Heart™ program will be discussed. KTH is a health and fitness curriculum targeting anatomy, fitness, nutrition, stress and goal-setting. It was developed and piloted by certified teachers in nearly 20 districts and o

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee education programs centered around health promotion and disease prevention in elementary age children.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.